There’s always a spectacle that’s associated with weddings. The grand setup, flashy decor, ostentatious flowers at every corner imaginable, even the table setting has to have an aesthetic quality to it, worthy enough to boast on Instagram. While this is all fine and good seeing as it is your wedding day and you should do whatever makes you happy, sometimes tying the knot can go without all the flashy display.
Take it from DJ Mars Miranda and financial planner Nicole Suarez’s nuptials. The two kept their big day quaint and intimate, first having a sentimental ceremony at the church where the groom’s parents had once married, and then a simple reception at a room in the Manila Peninsula right after.
To paint the minimalist theme by numbers, they only had 15 guests present at the ceremony, and a single long table for the reception. “It was just our immediate family and two witnesses. We kept it to that 'cause if you start inviting people, you end up having to invite everyone," Nicole tells Preview. “For us, it was having only the most important people in our lives present. We just wanted something intimate. We both work in the nightlife industry so we didn’t want to throw a big party ‘cause it would have felt like work.”
Of course, the minimal setting also meant spending less, and having little to no worries at all, so much so that Mars and Nicole had the luxury of getting their rings made at the last minute. “It was very easy for us. We just secured a date at the church, ordered flowers, booked the reception venue and that was it. We were so relaxed about wedding preparations that we only had our rings made two weeks before the wedding.”
Even coming up with their wedding looks, which is usually the cause of inner turmoil to any bride, came easy to the couple, and if definitely helped that Nicole, herself, fancies the hobby of making her own clothes. “What we wore to our wedding was the easiest part. I designed my own gown. Mars just wore a suit he already had,” she reveals.
However, when asked if they would recommend a minimalist wedding to other couples, their answer was a resounding no, at least in terms of really ‘recommending’ anything. “It’s really up to them. What we will recommend is to do what they want for their wedding day, without having to worry about pleasing other people.” Wise words every bride and groom should remember when going through the tumultuous wedding preparations waiting before the altar. Because at the end of the day, when all the grand musings and gestures of love are done, maybe what truly makes a memorable wedding is you, your partner, and the promises you made to each other, enough to last lifetime.
As for Mars and Nicole? Truth be told, if left to their own devices, they would have actually skipped the after-ceremony affair. Their true dream wedding, according to Nicole, would have just been to say their ‘I dos’, hopped on a plane, and enjoyed a relaxing vacation together. No stress, no fuss, just love. “Everything was perfect for us ‘cause we did everything the way we wanted it to be. It was really our dream wedding coming true.”